🎻♫♪ – Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi

List Item: Listen to half of the 1001 Classical Works You Must Hear Before You Die
85/501Title: Don Carlos
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Nationality: Italian

Ah yes nothing says the creep of corona anxiety like putting on a three and a half hour opera where everything remains on a certain level of menace. Also doesn’t help when, due to meetings cropping up out of nowhere for both myself the the husband, we had to pause this a few times. I know these aren’t ideal conditions to be listening to operas, but I really want to keep some sort of normality where possible and doing classical pieces for this list is part of that.

Being an opera in a foreign language it wasn’t always possible for me to completely get what was happening from the music – apart from when someone got shot. That I got. However, I was able to get to grips with the overall tone of the piece which is dark. A darkness that hasn’t got much darker to go for most of it – so there’s no real chance for a downswing and no stomach for an upswing given the story.


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